Report: Joakim Noah and Knicks are expected to part ways before training camp

The New York Knicks are expected to be one of the biggest spenders in the 2019 free agency next summer as they look to take advantage of what could be a wide-open Eastern Conference.

The Knicks will want to add a superstar to their roster to join Kristaps Porzingis on a team that could potentially make the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 season if the right moves are made.

Several big names could be available for the Knicks to snap up next summer, including the likes of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, and Klay Thompson.

If they want to have a strong chance of signing one, or possibly two of the players listed above, they’ll need to make some roster changes in order to free up some cap space.

They could be about to exactly that over the next week before the start of training camp if reports are to be believed.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Knicks and Joakim Noah are expected to part ways with each other before training camp begins.

Charania has noted that the ‘team has continued to work trade calls, although waiving and stretching Noah’s contract looms as a route.’

It has widely been known that the Knicks have long been eager to get out from under Noah’s massive contract and now it looks like they’re finally pulling the trigger.

Noah has been with the Knicks since the summer of 2016, but his time at the franchise hasn’t been smooth sailing.

Injuries and suspensions have plagued his time in New York over the past two years, and now it looks like it’s coming to an end after only playing 53 games for the franchise.

In 2016-17, Noah averaged five points and 8.8 rebounds per game in 26 minutes per game. However, last season, he only averaged 1.7 points, 2 rebounds and 5.7 minutes per game in seven games.

Noah could still definitely help a team, but his huge contract will not be beneficial for the Knicks and their cap space as they look ahead to free agency next summer.

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